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CWEL Director meets with Governor Cox, others to discuss natural resource issues
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The goal of Youping Sun’s research is to generate practical information for water conservation in the Green Industry – urban landscape management and nursery plant production.
CWEL's Youping Sun is awarded PSC Faculty Researcher of the Year

CWEL's Youping Sun is awarded PSC Faculty Researcher of the Year

The goal of Youping Sun’s research is to generate practical information for water conservation in the Green Industry – urban landscape management and nursery plant production.

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Congratulations to PSC and CWEL Masters student Ji Jhong Chen for being selected as one of the ten 2021 American Society of Horticultural Science Outstanding Graduate Students and finalist for the Robins Award, Masters Student Researcher of the Year!
CWEL Masters Student Nominated for Prestigious Award

CWEL Masters Student Nominated for Prestigious Award

Congratulations to PSC and CWEL Masters student Ji Jhong Chen for being selected as one of the ten 2021 American Society of Horticultural Science Outstanding Graduate Students and finalist for the Robins Award, Masters Student Researcher of the Year!

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WERA-1013 is an officially recognized Western Education/Extension and Research Activity designed to enhance the introduction and evaluation of native plants and to provide education concerning their use and propagation. The people involved make up a worki
Native plants for the Intermountain West

Native plants for the Intermountain West

WERA-1013 is an officially recognized Western Education/Extension and Research Activity designed to enhance the introduction and evaluation of native plants and to provide education concerning their use and propagation. The people involved make up a worki...

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CWEL’s Kelly Kopp took part in a question-and-answer session held as part of USU Research Landscapes on March 2, 2021.
Xero to Hero: Resource-positive landscapes that give more than they take

Xero to Hero: Resource-positive landscapes that give more than they take

CWEL’s Kelly Kopp took part in a question-and-answer session held as part of USU Research Landscapes on March 2, 2021.

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Twelve Bigtooth maples were donated by the Center for Water Efficient Landscaping and planted at the Denzil Stewart Nature Park on Saturday, October 30th, 2020.
Native Bigtooth maples make great addition to Logan City’s Denzil Stewart Nature Park

Native Bigtooth maples make great addition to Logan City’s Denzil Stewart Nature Park

Twelve Bigtooth maples were donated by the Center for Water Efficient Landscaping and planted at the Denzil Stewart Nature Park on Saturday, October 30th, 2020.

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CWEL Director Kelly Kopp discusses the use of water-wise ornamental grasses for wildlife habitat on National Public Radio's Wild About Utah program. Grasses are important plants that provide both food and cover for birds and other wildlife. They also prov
Wild About Utah: Native Grasses

Wild About Utah: Native Grasses

CWEL Director Kelly Kopp discusses the use of water-wise ornamental grasses for wildlife habitat on National Public Radio's Wild About Utah program. Grasses are important plants that provide both food and cover for birds and other wildlife. They also prov...

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CWEL Director Kelly Kopp (second from left in back) participated in a trip to the Philippines in order to learn more about Extension abroad and make connections with program administrators, practitioners and academics in the field.
USU Extension Professionals Make Connections in the Philippines

USU Extension Professionals Make Connections in the Philippines

CWEL Director Kelly Kopp (second from left in back) participated in a trip to the Philippines in order to learn more about Extension abroad and make connections with program administrators, practitioners and academics in the field.

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Recent CWEL graduate student Shane Evans publishes More “Pop” Per Drop: Smart Irrigation in the Landscape Business and the SportsField Management trade journals. Shane recently took a position as Lawn Water Conservation Educator in the Department of Horti
More “Pop” Per Drop: Smart Irrigation

More “Pop” Per Drop: Smart Irrigation

Recent CWEL graduate student Shane Evans publishes More “Pop” Per Drop: Smart Irrigation in the Landscape Business and the SportsField Management trade journals. Shane recently took a position as Lawn Water Conservation Educator in the Department of Horti...

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This free program is available in many locations throughout the state including Cache, Iron, Washington, Davis, Weber, Morgan, and Summit Counties.
Water Check season has begun across Utah!

Water Check season has begun across Utah!

This free program is available in many locations throughout the state including Cache, Iron, Washington, Davis, Weber, Morgan, and Summit Counties.

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The Career Specialist Award is the most prestigious award that the USU Extension Specialist Association can bestow on an individual. In January of 2020 Dr. Larry Rupp was honored with this award at the annual Utah Extension Conference.
Former CWEL Director Dr. Larry Rupp Honored with Prestigious Career Award

Former CWEL Director Dr. Larry Rupp Honored with Prestigious Career Award

The Career Specialist Award is the most prestigious award that the USU Extension Specialist Association can bestow on an individual. In January of 2020 Dr. Larry Rupp was honored with this award at the annual Utah Extension Conference.

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CWEL and Utah State University doctoral student Paige Boyle, Clint Mattox (Oregon State) and Timothy Lulis (The Pennsylvania State University) are being recognized as Watson Fellows with a $5,000 award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of A
USU Plants, Soils & Climate Department's Paige Boyle Wins Award

USU Plants, Soils & Climate Department's Paige Boyle Wins Award

CWEL and Utah State University doctoral student Paige Boyle, Clint Mattox (Oregon State) and Timothy Lulis (The Pennsylvania State University) are being recognized as Watson Fellows with a $5,000 award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of A...

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The Utah GCSA received a $10,000 BMP grant that GCSAA funded through the association’s Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) in part by PGA Tour. The BMP grant program provides funding through the EIFG to chapters for developing new guides, updating exi
UTAH latest state to publish BMP guidelines for golf courses

UTAH latest state to publish BMP guidelines for golf courses

The Utah GCSA received a $10,000 BMP grant that GCSAA funded through the association’s Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) in part by PGA Tour. The BMP grant program provides funding through the EIFG to chapters for developing new guides, updating exi...

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Read the results of the Water Use Assessment Report.
Utah State Capitol Grounds Landscape Water Use Assessment Report 2019

Utah State Capitol Grounds Landscape Water Use Assessment Report 2019

Read the results of the Water Use Assessment Report.

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Too often, we try to re-create landscapes based on nostalgia and expectations that don’t match our actual water availability and climate. Bridger Varga, landscape manager at Wasatch Academy, has worked to create and maintain a school landscape in rural U
Webinar: Right Plants, Right Place: Creating and Managing a Large Landscape with Limited Water

Webinar: Right Plants, Right Place: Creating and Managing a Large Landscape with Limited Water

Too often, we try to re-create landscapes based on nostalgia and expectations that don’t match our actual water availability and climate. Bridger Varga, landscape manager at Wasatch Academy, has worked to create and maintain a school landscape in rural U...

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This books aims to give homeowners and designers the confidence to create beautiful, low-water landscapes by showing them examples of plant combinations that have been successful in low-water gardens throughout the Intermountain West.
Combinations for Conservation

Combinations for Conservation

This books aims to give homeowners and designers the confidence to create beautiful, low-water landscapes by showing them examples of plant combinations that have been successful in low-water gardens throughout the Intermountain West.

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Eagle Mountain City is now home to two highly advanced weather stations paid for and maintained by Utah State University. These two stations, located near the Rodeo Grounds and Nolen Park will collect very precise weather data for the City of Eagle Mount
CWEL Works with Eagle Mountain City for Weather Stations and Free Water Checks

CWEL Works with Eagle Mountain City for Weather Stations and Free Water Checks

Eagle Mountain City is now home to two highly advanced weather stations paid for and maintained by Utah State University. These two stations, located near the Rodeo Grounds and Nolen Park will collect very precise weather data for the City of Eagle Mount...

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The Center for Water Efficient Landscaping has joined a nation-wide research study evaluating the social, economic, and environmental barriers and benefits of transitioning from high input to low input grasses. The goal is to understand how different camp
Trialing Low-Input Grasses

Trialing Low-Input Grasses

The Center for Water Efficient Landscaping has joined a nation-wide research study evaluating the social, economic, and environmental barriers and benefits of transitioning from high input to low input grasses. The goal is to understand how different camp...

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Dr. Joanna Endter-Wada received the 2018 Award for Outstanding Service in the Academic Sector from the American Water Resources Association Utah Section. The award was presented at the section’s 46th Annual Water Resources Conference, which was held in Sa
Dr. Joanna Endter-Wada receives AWRA award

Dr. Joanna Endter-Wada receives AWRA award

Dr. Joanna Endter-Wada received the 2018 Award for Outstanding Service in the Academic Sector from the American Water Resources Association Utah Section. The award was presented at the section’s 46th Annual Water Resources Conference, which was held in Sa...

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Ms. Paige Boyle, recently admitted to USU as a Center for Water Efficient Landscaping Fellow, has also earned a Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship from the university. Dr. Kelly Kopp is her Ph.D. advisor.
Paige Boyle Earns USU's Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship

Paige Boyle Earns USU's Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship

Ms. Paige Boyle, recently admitted to USU as a Center for Water Efficient Landscaping Fellow, has also earned a Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship from the university. Dr. Kelly Kopp is her Ph.D. advisor.

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The Qualified Water Efficient Landscaping training offers classes spring and fall. Join CWEL faculty at Jordan Valley Water Conservation District for the upcoming training
Become a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper with QWEL training

Become a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper with QWEL training

The Qualified Water Efficient Landscaping training offers classes spring and fall. Join CWEL faculty at Jordan Valley Water Conservation District for the upcoming training

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CWEL presents multiple talks at the 2018 Utah Green Industry Conference in Sandy, Utah. Talks included Kelly Kopp's New Turf Varieties for Low Water'.
CWEL presents at 2018 UNLA Green Conference

CWEL presents at 2018 UNLA Green Conference

CWEL presents multiple talks at the 2018 Utah Green Industry Conference in Sandy, Utah. Talks included Kelly Kopp's New Turf Varieties for Low Water'.

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Horticulturist Dr. Larry Rupp is always on the lookout for promising plants for the low-water landscape. The latest four covers of Native Plants Journal showcase pictures of plants from his travels and attention to plants in their native habitats. As th
Native Plants Journal

Native Plants Journal

Horticulturist Dr. Larry Rupp is always on the lookout for promising plants for the low-water landscape. The latest four covers of Native Plants Journal showcase pictures of plants from his travels and attention to plants in their native habitats. As th

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Another great year at Water Smart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas! Dr. Joanna Endter-Wada presented her study with Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, Metering Non-Potable Water: 5 -Year Study of Urban Irrigation Efficiency. Dr. Paul Johnson pre
CWEL presentations from Water Smart Innovations Conference available online

CWEL presentations from Water Smart Innovations Conference available online

Another great year at Water Smart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas! Dr. Joanna Endter-Wada presented her study with Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, Metering Non-Potable Water: 5 -Year Study of Urban Irrigation Efficiency. Dr. Paul Johnson pre

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Selection and Propagation of Native Woody Plants for the Intermountain Area Larry Rupp discusses selecting native trees and shrubs for low water landscapes with USU Extension Forestry’s monthly webinar series.
Selection and Propagation of Native Woody Plants for the Intermountain Area

Selection and Propagation of Native Woody Plants for the Intermountain Area

Selection and Propagation of Native Woody Plants for the Intermountain Area Larry Rupp discusses selecting native trees and shrubs for low water landscapes with USU Extension Forestry’s monthly webinar series.

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Utah Water Conservation Forum held their annual Spring Conference on May 5th and 6th 2016. Professionals, scientists, conservation specialists and others working to create a sustainable water future met to discuss outreach, education, research and incent
Utah Water Conservation Forum Presentations Available

Utah Water Conservation Forum Presentations Available

Utah Water Conservation Forum held their annual Spring Conference on May 5th and 6th 2016. Professionals, scientists, conservation specialists and others working to create a sustainable water future met to discuss outreach, education, research and incent...

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Necrotic ring spot (Ophiosphaerella korrae) is the most commonly diagnosed fungal turfgrass disease by the Utah State University Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory. CWEL’s Kelly Kopp and Paul Harris release a research report evaluating Ring to GREEN product
Ring to Green Report on Necrotic ring spot

Ring to Green Report on Necrotic ring spot

Necrotic ring spot (Ophiosphaerella korrae) is the most commonly diagnosed fungal turfgrass disease by the Utah State University Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory. CWEL’s Kelly Kopp and Paul Harris release a research report evaluating Ring to GREEN product...

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What motivates homeowners to adopt water-efficient landscape designs and irrigation practices? What obstacles must irrigation professionals and water providers overcome to encourage more water-efficient choices? This webinar looks to answer those question
Consumers' Attitudes Toward Water Efficient Landscapes

Consumers' Attitudes Toward Water Efficient Landscapes

What motivates homeowners to adopt water-efficient landscape designs and irrigation practices? What obstacles must irrigation professionals and water providers overcome to encourage more water-efficient choices? This webinar looks to answer those question...

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Kelly Kopp joins the Bringing Water to Life podcast
Bringing Water to Life Podcast

Bringing Water to Life Podcast

Kelly Kopp joins the Bringing Water to Life podcast

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M.S. or Ph.D. research assistantships available to study urban landscapes and urban water management. The Center for Water Efficient Landscaping (CWEL) at Utah State University is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to research and extension programs s
M.S. or Ph.D. Research Assistantships Available

M.S. or Ph.D. Research Assistantships Available

M.S. or Ph.D. research assistantships available to study urban landscapes and urban water management. The Center for Water Efficient Landscaping (CWEL) at Utah State University is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to research and extension programs s...

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‘Smart’ irrigation controllers monitor the local environment to determine how much water is necessary to sufficiently water the landscape without wasting water. Weber Basin Water Conservancy District offers rebate for homeowners to install.
CWEL’s Kelly Kopp Discusses Smart Irrigation Controllers

CWEL’s Kelly Kopp Discusses Smart Irrigation Controllers

‘Smart’ irrigation controllers monitor the local environment to determine how much water is necessary to sufficiently water the landscape without wasting water. Weber Basin Water Conservancy District offers rebate for homeowners to install.

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The Slow the Flow Water Check Program is in full swing along the Wasatch Front offering free irrigation efficiency assessments. A considerable amount of water can be saved through efficient irrigation as a typical Utah homeowner applies twice as much wat
Water Check Program Saves Homeowners Water

Water Check Program Saves Homeowners Water

The Slow the Flow Water Check Program is in full swing along the Wasatch Front offering free irrigation efficiency assessments. A considerable amount of water can be saved through efficient irrigation as a typical Utah homeowner applies twice as much wat...

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Want to learn how to save water in your yard? Join speakers from USU's Center for Water Efficient Landscaping in Logan City’s Green Futures Learning Series. Turfgrass Specialist Kelly Kopp (USU Professor/Extension Water Conservation), Joanna Endter-Wada (
Water: Living Well with What We've Got

Water: Living Well with What We've Got

Want to learn how to save water in your yard? Join speakers from USU's Center for Water Efficient Landscaping in Logan City’s Green Futures Learning Series. Turfgrass Specialist Kelly Kopp (USU Professor/Extension Water Conservation), Joanna Endter-Wada (...

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Climate, Drought and Water Conservation Workshops for Northern Utah Water Agencies, a collaboration of Utah State University Extension, Center For Water Efficient Landscaping, Wasatch Dendroclimatology Research (WaDR) Group, USFS, BYU, and Western Water A
Climate, Drought and Water Conservation Workshops

Climate, Drought and Water Conservation Workshops

Climate, Drought and Water Conservation Workshops for Northern Utah Water Agencies, a collaboration of Utah State University Extension, Center For Water Efficient Landscaping, Wasatch Dendroclimatology Research (WaDR) Group, USFS, BYU, and Western Water A...

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USU student Shawn Foster presents research on Capitol Hill in Utah in January 2016. His poster, titled 'Water Use of Kentucky Bluegrass Varieties' evaluates bluegrass varieties to find more water-efficient varieties that may result in less irrigation, ye
Student presents research on water use of bluegrass varieties on Capitol Hill

Student presents research on water use of bluegrass varieties on Capitol Hill

USU student Shawn Foster presents research on Capitol Hill in Utah in January 2016. His poster, titled 'Water Use of Kentucky Bluegrass Varieties' evaluates bluegrass varieties to find more water-efficient varieties that may result in less irrigation, ye...

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CWEL presents multiple talks at the 2016 Utah Green Industry Conference in Sandy, Utah. Talks included 'Weeds in the New Low-water Landscape' with Larry Rupp, 'Combinations for Conservation' with Adrea Wheaton, Larry Rupp and Bill Varga, and 'Landscape W
CWEL presents at 2016 UNLA Green Conference

CWEL presents at 2016 UNLA Green Conference

CWEL presents multiple talks at the 2016 Utah Green Industry Conference in Sandy, Utah. Talks included 'Weeds in the New Low-water Landscape' with Larry Rupp, 'Combinations for Conservation' with Adrea Wheaton, Larry Rupp and Bill Varga, and 'Landscape W...

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CWEL faculty Larry Rupp and Kelly Kopp were among the instructors of a Qualified Water Efficient Landscapers (QWEL) course taught to a record number of attendees at the Conservation Garden Park.
QWEL Training has Record Number of Attendees

QWEL Training has Record Number of Attendees

CWEL faculty Larry Rupp and Kelly Kopp were among the instructors of a Qualified Water Efficient Landscapers (QWEL) course taught to a record number of attendees at the Conservation Garden Park.

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Roger Kjelgren and Diana T. Glenn present urban water conservation research at American Water Works Intermountain Section conference in Logan, Utah
AWWA Intermountain Section

AWWA Intermountain Section

Roger Kjelgren and Diana T. Glenn present urban water conservation research at American Water Works Intermountain Section conference in Logan, Utah

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CWEL received an Award of Excellence from the Western Extension Directors Association for outstanding accomplishments, results and impacts in addressing contemporary issues in the West.
CWEL Receives Award of Excellence

CWEL Receives Award of Excellence

CWEL received an Award of Excellence from the Western Extension Directors Association for outstanding accomplishments, results and impacts in addressing contemporary issues in the West.

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USU's Extension video highlights the important water issues going on in our state and shows how Extension at USU is working to address them.
Water Impacts Video

Water Impacts Video

USU's Extension video highlights the important water issues going on in our state and shows how Extension at USU is working to address them.